Scrivener Celebrates Australia Day Banking Massive Abu Dhabi HSBC 2nd Place Prize Cheque

Jason Scrivener celebrated Australia Day two days earlier banking the biggest prize cheque of his career in finishing second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

The 31-year-old born in South Africa but an Aussie living in Perth for over 20-years, posted a stunning final round 66, and that included back-nine of just 29 strokes, to finish runner-up at 14-under par.

Scrivener’s last nine commenced with a 10th hole eagle ‘3’ and he then proceeded to pick-up birdies at the 12th, three in succession from the 14th and then birdied the last for a third of four days on the National course in the UAE capital.

The effort earned the Aussie a prize cheque a whopping Euro 710,175 ($Aud 1,120,628) while Scrivener’s showing will see him jump from 219th on the World Rankings to around 139th when the Rankings are adjusted Monday morning (UK time).

 

England’s Tyrrell Hatton was in a class of his own coming from one shot back at the start of the last day to overhaul Rory McIlroy and win by four shots thanks to a 18-under par total.

Hatton, 29, captured his 10th pro career title and jumps to No. 5 in the world and keeping Rory McIlroy at No. 6.

“It’s surreal to be honest, even knocking the putt on 18 to win it doesn’t seem like I’ve won the tournament,” said Hatton.

“It’s amazing as I always love starting my season in Abu Dhabi and to know have my name added to the trophy with so many other champions before me is a huge honour.”

McIlroy was again disappointing in starting the final round one clear of Hatton and then two ahead of the English rival with a second birdie of his final round at the third.  Though it all turned pear-shape for McIlroy when he three-putted the fourth and from there on the four-time Major winner was never a force.

It’s also now been 448-days and 19 events, both on the PGA and European Tour’s, since McIlroy last tasted success in the far off Far East.

As for the positives he’ll take now to the US West Coast for Thursday’s starting Farmers Insurance Open he said: “I felt for the most part of the week my short-game and my putting was pretty good.

“I scrambled well and had some pretty good approach shots, especially last night coming down the last few holes.

“There were parts of rounds where I got the driver going a little bit but there is sometimes where I will have a few holes like that and others when it gets away from me, so just a little more consistency and being able to replicate the good shots hole-after-hole and day-after-day, so that I can put four rounds together”.

In contrast, there was nothing but delight for Scrivener in securing easily his best result in 154th start and take his European Tour career earnings to Euro 3.35m.

“I was in my own little world with my caddie (Perth-based Lance De Grussa) and I just kind of kept plodding away,” he said calmly.

“It wasn’t a good start, made a few soft bogeys, and then just kind of stuck with it and yeah, 29 on the back, which was pretty nice.

“I’m delighted with the start to the New Year as I have four third place results before this week, including two back in 2019, so to start a new season with a second place finish is huge.  It takes an enormous lot of pressure off your shoulders heading into a new year and also gives you a lot of confidence going forward.”

Scrivener, the 2007 Australian Junior champion, won the 2017 New South Wales Open, but is yet to win professionally overseas despite a rash of top-10 finishes in the past five years.

Overall, it has been a long road to getting established on the European Tour.  He narrowly lost his card in his rookie season in 2015 before regaining it at the Q-School but then found himself in a battle at the wrong end of the Race to Dubai rankings in both 2016 and 2017.

He comfortably kept his playing privileges in 2018 and then finished 32nd in the season long standings in 2019, helped by top tens in the final two events of the season.

After not hitting those heights in the 2020 season affected by coronavirus, he enlisted the help of performance coach Dave Alred, who has previously worked with former World Number One Luke Donald along with Major Champions Padraig Harrington and Francesco Molinari.

 

“He’s been a game changer for me,” he said. “Really taught me, we sat down probably two months before Christmas at the end of my season last year and he’s really helped me a lot and pushed me that bit extra to work harder.”



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